Following the hype of Katherine Losse's Facebook tell-all titled 'Boy Kings: A Journey Into the Heart of the Social Network', some people are wondering whether it's a real expose of just random gossip form a pissed off ex-employee.
The book had grabbed the Wall Street Journal's attention a few weeks ago for its recounting of the sexist company culture of the start-up' early days which includes examples like:
Male engineers get drunk in Las Vegas
At first, only technical employees were offered housing perks, then everyone was
An older man at Facebook made sexual advances at the author and was demoted
But according to Techcrunch blogger Gregory Ferenstein, Losse's "memoir" is less tell-all and more "cheap, gossipy, Facebook criticism". He writes:
The book concludes without any real insight into Facebook’s vision, comparisons of other companies that satisfy the author’s values, or a single piece of damning evidence. Facebook is far from perfect, and its enormous influence deserves both careful criticism and thoughtful debate.
Of course, the best way to review this would probably run through the book yourself. Who knows, maybe all the so-called "dickish behavour" might spur you into starting your own start-up?